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2010 Women of Achievement Award Winners

The Annual Women of Achievement & Spotlight Awards Luncheon


This annual event celebrates the tenure and promotion and recognitions achieved by women faculty members at Case Western Reserve; and honors one woman from each school at Case Western Reserve for their excellence in research and scholarship. (Recipients chosen by their schools.)

Awards presented on September 24, 2010

2010 Mather Prize honorees were:

Claudia Coulton

Claudia Coulton
Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Social Research at the
Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Dr. Coulton's research focuses on the problems of distressed urban neighborhoods and approaches to community change. She is the founder of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development, where a multidisciplinary team has been working for over 20 years to develop tools to better understand macro-level systemic forces that produce distressed neighborhoods and what individuals, organizations and policies can do to reverse these conditions.

Coulton is founder and board member of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership with affiliates in 30 cities. She has been a research adviser to many community change initiatives including Aspen Institute's Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives, Annie E. Casey Foundation's Making Connections initiative and the Invest in Children program.

Faye A. Gary

Faye A. Gary
Medical Mutual of Ohio Kent W. Clapp Chair & Professor in Nursing
Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Dr. Gary has been studying and designing culturally relevant interventions for more than three decades and has conducted research in the areas of health disparities and vulnerable populations. Dr. Gary has provided consultations to local, state, national, and international health related organizations. She has extensive experience working with youth and families, with people of numerous cultures and geographical locations, and on women's health issues.

Dr. Gary is an elected member of the National Board of Directors of Mental Health America; is the Chair of the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and a former member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute of Mental Health,National Institutes of Health; and is a member of the Joint Commission's Committee on Patient-Centered Care and Cultural Competence. Dr. Gary has published extensively about violence in intimate relationships, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity in children, and other psychiatric disorders.

Julia S. Grant

Julia S. Grant
Weatherhead School of Management

Her research interests include developing a greater understanding of how to effectively use financial information about a firm. A current project in this area incorporates innovative technology with a deep understanding of financial statements to help design and develop a visual, dynamic tool for quickly understanding the financial condition of a firm over time.

Dr. Grant also does research that examines issues around the design of executive compensation plans, investment in human resources, the reports of financial analysts, and the disclosure policies of corporations. Dr. Grant has been interviewed for and cited in many national media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, National Public Radio, Bloomberg News, Lehrer News Hour, and Business Week. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and her MS and PhD degrees from Cornell University.

Jessie Hill

Jessie Hill Jessie Hill
Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Social Justice
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Professor Hill's teaching focuses on constitutional law, federal civil procedure, civil rights, reproductive rights, and law and religion. Her scholarship is published or forthcoming in the Michigan Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, and the Texas Law Review, among others. Prior to teaching, Professor Hill worked at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the national ACLU office in New York, litigating challenges to state-law restrictions on reproductive rights, and then practiced First Amendment and civil rights law with a private law firm in Cleveland. She also served as law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.

T. Roma Jasivevicius


T. Roma Jasinevicius
Associate Professor, Department of Comprehensive Care
School of Dental Medicine

Her research interests include educational research on the use of simulation. Dr. Jasinevicius has published in a variety of journals including the Journal of Dental Education, Journal of the American Dental Association, and Quintessence International.

A grant to Dr. Jasinevicius from the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education to study Simulation resulted in a manuscript that earned Best Manuscript Award from the Journal of Dental Education. She is currently studying the feasibility of using virtual patients to assess competencies of beginning dentists. Dr. Jasinevicius is a reviewer for MedEdPORTAL, and has reviewed for the Journal of Pain, Journal of Dentistry, Archives of Oral Biology, and others. She is a member of the American Dental Association's Test Construction Committee for the National Board Dental Examination Part I.

Kathryn Lavelle

Kathryn Lavelle
Ellen and Dixon Long Associate Professor of World Affairs
Department of Political Science

Her research specializes in the politics of finance. She has received fellowships from the American Political Science Association where she served on the staff of the House Committee on Financial Services, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a Fulbright Visiting Chair at the University of Toronto.

She is the author of The Politics of Equity Finance in Emerging Markets (Oxford University Press), and Legislating International Organization: the U. S. Congress, the IMF, and the World Bank (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). Dr. Lavelle's publications have appeared in Perspectives on Politics, International Organization, Review of International Organizations, The Journal of Modern African Studies, Third World Quarterly, Review of International Political Economy, International Journal of Political Economy, International Studies Review and The Columbia Journal of World Business.

Noa Noy

Noa Noy
Professor, Department of Pharmacology
School of Medicine

Her research aim is to obtain Molecular-level understanding of the mechanisms of action of nuclear hormone receptors and their accessory proteins, and elucidate the consequences of the activities of these proteins for cell function in health and in disease. Dr. Noy's national and international stature as a cutting edge scientist has been recognized through invitations to multiple international conferences and her service on editorial boards in her area of research. She has repeatedly served in advisory roles to the Federal Government as well as grant awarding bodies in the UK and Asia. Her research program has been consistently funded at a high level for the last 20 years and she has facilitated the development of multi-investigator awards.

Xin Yu


Xin Yu
Case School of Engineering

Xin Yu's research focuses on investigating the structure-function and energy-function relationship in normal and diseased hearts using advanced magnetic resonance imaging technology. This research requires the in depth knowledge of biochemistry (e.g., the Krebs Citric Acid Cycle for energy) and physiology to examine the normal and pathologic structure of the heart, and the myriad of technologies (from electronics to physics) behind MR imaging and how it can be used as both an imaging and chemical spectroscopic tool to probe the heart's function. Using mouse models of human diseases (that beat up to 600 times per minute), Xin has pioneered new understanding of cardiac diseases.

Many of her trainees have received the prestigious American Heart Association pre- and post-doctoral fellowships while under her direction. In 2008, she was the recipient of the Case School of Engineering's annual Research Award.

2010 Women of Achievement Honor Roll

Endowed Professorships


Erin Baker Lavik, Elmer Lincoln Lindseth Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
LaShanda Korley, Nord Assistant Professor (Macromolecular Science and Engineering)


Anna Maria Santiago, Leona Bevis/Marguerite Haynam Professor of Community Development


Claire M. Andrews, Arline H. and Curtis F. Garvin Professor of Nursing Excellence
Diana Lynn Morris, Florence Cellar Associate Professor of Gerontological Nursing


Yu-Chung Yang, PhD, re-appointed as the Isador Jacob Goodman-Ruth Blum Professor of Cancer Research

New Leadership


Karen Beckwith, Interim Chair, Department of Political Science
Laura Hengehold, Chair, Department of Philosophy
Kathleen Kash, Chair, Department of Physics
Lee Thompson, Chair, Department of Psychology
Cheryl Toman, Interim Director, Ethnic Studies Program


Lisa Lang, Chair, Comprehensive Care
Kristin Victoroff, Associate Dean for Education


Alison Hall, Associate Dean for Graduate Education
Toni Johnson, Interim Chair, Department of Psychiatry, MetroHealth Medical Center
Lisa M. Mencini, Senior Associate Dean and Chief of Staff
Margaret Stager, Interim Chair, Department of Pediatrics, MetroHealth Medical Center

Tenure and Promotion


Kelly M. McMann, Associate Professor with tenure, Political Science
Robin Elizabeth Snyder, Associate Professor with tenure, Biology
Gillian Lee Weiss, Associate Professor with tenure, History


Heidi B. Martin, Associate Professor with tenure, Chemical Engineering
Xinmiao Zhang, Associate Professor with tenure, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


Yiping Han, Professor, Periodontics
Suchitra Shirley Nelson, Professor, Community Dentistry
Palma Freydinger, Assistant Professor, Comprehensive Care


Jessie Hill, Professor with tenure
Cassandra Burke Robertson, Associate Professor


Julia Grant, Professor, Accountancy


Chris Winkelman, Associate Professor with tenure
Susan Tullai-McGuinness, Associate Professor


Jennifer Bailit, tenure awarded (as Associate Professor), Reproductive Biology
Susann Brady-Kalnay, Professor, Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Hulya Bukulmez, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Aleece Caron, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Gemma Casadesus, Assistant Professor, Neurosciences
Cathleen Anne Cerny, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Janis Jaelynn Daly, Professor, Neurology
Jaividhya Dasarathy, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Agata Exner, Associate Professor with tenure, Radiology
Marjorie Greenfield, Professor, Reproductive Biology
Marta Jakubowycz, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Amanda Kay Weiss Kelly, Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Carolyn Landis, Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Sara Laskey, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Sheng Liu, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Akiko Maeda, Senior Instructor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Marina Magrey, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Hui Miao, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Lynda G. Montgomery, Associate Professor, Family Medicine
Farah Munir, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Maya Myslenski, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Maria Pagano, Associate Professor, Psychiatry
Rachel E. Parks, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Amani Ramahi, Assistant Professor, Neurology
Amy Jo Ray, Assistant Professor, Medicine
Kristen Lee Schmidt, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Lynne R. Sheffler, Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Nora Singer, Professor, Pediatrics
Mary Step, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Melissa Tscheiner, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Cheryl Thompson, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Colleen Tomcik, Assistant Professor, Neurology
Therese M. Wolpaw, Professor, Medicine


Anjali S. Advani, Associate Professor, Medicine
Manjula Gupta, Professor, Pathology
Donna Elizabeth Hansel, Associate Professor, Pathology
Cristina Magi-Galluzzi, Associate Professor, Pathology
Barbara Messinger-Rapport, Associate Professor, Medicine
Judith A. White, Associate Professor, Surgery